Sep 19, 2008 6:27am
Re: maybe cartman was right about drum circles-(non-dead)
maybe you should re-read (if you read it at all) this article >>
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -- Two men were arrested after an informal drum circle of nearly 50 people assaulted police officers Wednesday in downtown Santa Cruz as the officers attempted to stop a man from damaging city property, a police captain said Thursday.
Around 3:45 p.m. authorities found a man cutting the protective fencing around a planter area in a parking lot near Cedar and Cathcart streets. While investigating the incident, an informal drum circle and their supporters pushed the officers away from the man, later identified as 20-year-old Concord resident Jack Rusk, Capt. Steve Clark said.
Rusk is thought to be a supporter of the drum group.
The crowd pushed the officers up against a building, and they called for backup, Clark said. Rusk managed to escape with the help of the drummers, but he returned minutes later and officers managed to catch him and keep him away from the crowd. Drummers threatened officers with their drumsticks, and used the large drums to push authorities up against the wall.
"They inserted themselves into the situation in a very hostile way," Clark said.
Police said they were merely intending to issue Rusk a citation for vandalism, because drummers had been warned previously about destroying city property.
The fencing was initially installed because the drum circles were invading the planters in downtown areas and destroying the vegetation, Clark said.
Involved officers identified county resident Wesley Modes, 41, as instigating and aggravating the confrontation with officers. Modes is one of the drummers in the informal group, according to police.
Both men were booked into Santa Cruz County Jail. Modes is charged with assault, resisting an officer and lynching, while Rusk was arrested on charges of resisting an officer and vandalism.
In the past several weeks police have been addressing community complaints about the disrespectful behavior of supporters of the informal drum circle, according to Clark. Residents have reported that members of the group have blocked streets and parking spaces, littered and urinated in public and engaged in drug use and sales.
Clark said police spoke with the original group of drummers, who acknowledged that the informal events were disturbing the public, and agreed to move them away from the downtown area. However, others supporters, such as Modes, are using the drumming as a platform to involve the police in confrontations, he added.
"It's the cause du jour," Clark said of the protests against police that have stemmed from the drum circle.
Clark said the original group of drummers has congregated in the downtown area on and off for quite some time, and is very responsible about its actions.
The Police Department is currently engaging in an education campaign and discussing how to quell the various problems with the group.
Like I said, in that case - Sounds like lawless bums, with no regard for the hard working store owners in Santa Cruz- so your conclusion is ignorant. Drum circles are fun and usually positive. THOSE bums should get the hell out!
People like that have already ruined SF.
A bum is a bum. Support our police!